Teachers as Classroom Coaches: How to Motivate Students across the Content Areas

Teachers as Classroom Coaches: How to Motivate Students across the Content Areas

Teachers as Classroom Coaches: How to Motivate Students across the Content Areas

Teachers as Classroom Coaches: How to Motivate Students across the Content Areas

Synopsis

One of the hardest things for teachers to do is to inspire their students. In this groundbreaking book, authors Andi Stix and Frank Hrbek show teachers how to do just that by adapting proven coaching strategies in class. Students in extracurricular activities often have coaches, yet it is students in the classroom who are most in need of the motivation and support that coaches provide. In Teachers as Classroom Coaches: How to Motivate Students Across the Content Areas, you'll learn how to apply the same methods that professional coaches use to help students achieve more in all subjects. These strategies, which have been used successfully in some of the most diverse classrooms in the United States, can help to: Ensure harmonious group work, Improve organizational and note-taking skills, Overcome emotional and environmental roadblocks, Resolve conflicts among students, and Empower students by allowing them ownership of their work.

Excerpt

The golfer is picture perfect: arms back, shoulders straight, head down. The
concentration is intense. The whack of the club is like the crack of a whip,
and the follow-through is a wonder of precision as the ball shoots endlessly
down the fairway
.

Tiger Woods has wowed them again.

As the golfer takes his first confident strides toward his second shot, some
where, unnoticed among the onlookers, his coach smiles with satisfaction. His
pupil has mastered his lessons
.

Sports coaches have always pushed their star athletes and franchise players to live up to their potential and maximize their performance. They achieve superb results by building a trusting relationship and by creating an environment in which their pupils' stress levels decrease as their success ratios spiral upward. Coaches inspire by actively guiding their pupils to take risks and face challenges.

Why does the coaching system work so well in sports? The coaches themselves are an important factor, of course, but most significant is the fact that the athletes are thrust rapidly into real-life experiences. The efforts of coaches, such as encouraging continuous practice or researching the opposition's techniques, are all focused on furthering the players' endeavors and sharpening their skills. These are athletes who perform for their peers and fans. Coaches help players use their time according to a clearly defined purpose and with a specific goal in mind.

Coaching is widely known in the business world, as well. It is not uncommon today for CEOs, high level administrators, and managers to have personal executive or life coaches.

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